Our Opinion: USM has cause to celebrate for now …

Posted on April 14, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

Certainly there’s a reason to celebrate at USM since last Friday, but let’s not forget about the fine print: student protesters and faculty may have won the battle, but they haven’t won the war yet. President Kalikow’s surprise announcement that she’s cancelling all of the faculty retrenchments she announced last month (except for faculty associated […]

Our Opinion: Vote Erin Carlson for student body president

Posted on March 19, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

The polls are open for the student elections for another day of voting, and it’s not too late to cast your ballot in favor of candidate Erin Carlson. Events this year have shown that USM’s student body president needs to be more committed and involved than ever as students face a transforming university, endless budget […]

Our Opinion: Boosting involvement a two-way street

Posted on March 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

Student elections are right around the corner, and you may be thinking to yourself, “So what?” The majority of senate seats are going to be uncontested, voting on the referendum questions doesn’t necessarily mean anything will come of them and with only a week until polls open, we’re not entirely sure what specific issues any […]

Our Opinion: Students need to speak up on university issues

Posted on March 03, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

With the budget deficit, there are going to be changes at USM, whether we’re a part of them or not. The work of the Direction Package Advisory Board is officially finished, and plans are being made to put their work into action. Over the next few weeks, serious decisions will be made that will affect […]

Our Opinion: Make USM a metropolitan university and succeed

Posted on February 24, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

At the Direction Package Advisory Board meeting last Friday, there was a lot of discussion around turning USM into a metropolitan university. Ideas were tossed around involving ties with local businesses, independent research projects in the community and the concept of using the city itself as a sort of lab. And, boy, are we excited. […]

Our Opinion: It’s okay to be single on Valentine’s Day

Posted on February 10, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, singles everywhere are rolling their eyes and looking for an excuse to be single. What’s our opinion? Valentine’s Day can be great, but it’s also an overrated monument to commercialism that’s only saving glory is that it gives us an excuse to dine out and eat a lot […]

Our Opinion: Policy is the problem

Posted on February 01, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

In our editorial last week, we brought up concerns about the safety of students in off-campus housing and university policy regarding them. Information that we found about the university’s policy regarding its fraternities specifically was unclear. Many readers were offended that we singled out this group of students, who otherwise have often been noted for […]

Our Opinion: Ensuring student safety

Posted on January 27, 2014 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion, Perspectives

USM has seen more than its fair share of breaking news this week.From the arrest of a former USM student body president for arson on Monday and a Gorham standoff between police and an armed student Wednesday night, to an incident of spontaneous combustion in the science building on Friday. Two of these events have […]

Our opinion: yes on 1 is in the best interest of students

Posted on November 06, 2013 by alexandervandintel in Our Opinion

Marijuana legalization is good for Portland and good for students. Marijuana penalties are notoriously harsh on most anyone, but they’re especially hard on students. More than 85 percent of first-time students at USM receive some kind of financial aid; college is expensive and almost necessary to secure a well-paying job in the 21st century. Here’s […]

LePage insults Mainers by reviving Romney gaff

Posted on October 28, 2013 by USM Free Press in Our Opinion

LePage is bringing back a failed strategy with his latest inflammatory comment. “About 47 percent of Mainers don’t work.” That’s what the governor said to a Maine women’s group at a conference last week. In case you were wondering, LePage is wrong. A minute’s research will show anyone that LePage didn’t get his information from […]